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At the age of 13, Michael Schlechtriem was already a student at the Music Conservatory in Cologne, DE. Among his teachers were Radu Aldulescu, Boris Pergamenschikow, Gotthard Popp, with whom he finished his studies with honours ("cum laude"), as well as the Amadeus Quartet. Apart from his job in the Muensterer Symphony orchestra he is especially interested in chambre music performances: several CD-recordings (e.g. "Siddharta" after Herman Hesse for cello and piano, "Der Geigenbauer von Venedig" ("The Violinmaker from Vienna"), both works by Matthias Bonitz, 1996 and 2004, resp.), radio recordings, e.g. his debut in 1996 in a recital at the Budapest radio as well as his interest in wrongly forgotten music. Among those are the Russian premieres of the cello sonates by British composers Arnold Bax and Alan Rawsthorne in the Philharmonie in St. Petersburg, his regular advocacy for the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, whose Cello Concerto he performed with the Philharmonie Suedwestfalen under Neil Varon and at whose memorial concert at the occasion of his 100 birthday he performed in 1997 in London, as well as the performance of the Cello Concerto by Nikolai Miaskowski in the year 2000 in Muenster, DE. In 2004 was his debut in some of the large concert halls in Japan as chambre music partner of the Muenster-based pianist Noriko Kitano.